This day in Toronto Raptors history: Masai Ujiri lands Kawhi Leonard

This day in Toronto Raptors history: Masai Ujiri lands Kawhi Leonard

There are few anniversary dates as significant as three years ago today, July 18, 2018, in Toronto Raptors history, as the one and only Kawhi Leonard started upon what would be his legendary, albeit brief, time in Canada. Certainly, November 4, 1993, when the NBA Expansion Committee announced Toronto would get a future franchise, was […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Insiders’ Jalen Green take hints he might not last until No. 4

Raptors: Insiders’ Jalen Green take hints he might not last until No. 4

The Toronto Raptors are still in the process of sizing up the three most likely candidates they could use the No. 4 selection in the 2021 NBA Draft on, and G League guard Jalen Green is looking like an increasingly attractive option if the Raptors want to take someone with the highest offensive ceiling. USC’s […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

BJN Radio – Ep. 27: Excellent starting pitching in a series win against the Rays, Liam Hendriks sounds off on Josh Donaldson, and more!

Two out of three ain’t bad.

The Blue Jays hosted Those Pesky Rays this weekend in Buffalo and nearly earned a sweep, picking up wins in the first two games but dropping the third on Sunday.
Alek Manoah had arguably the best start of any Blue Jay this season on Friday night, Ross Stripling was again excellent on Saturday, and Robbie Ray was great in the finale but the bats didn’t show up. We talked about all that good stuff, argued about whether we can firmly call Ray the ace of the staff, and also talked about some bad stuff, like the ugly return of The Rafael Dolis Experience and some shoddy defence in the series finale.
Also, we talked about a story out of Chicago involving two members of the 2015 team. Liam Hendriks sounded off on Josh Donaldson, saying he didn’t like what he saw behind the curtain when playing with The Bringer of Rain. Many have suggested the idea of a Donaldson return in order to fix the hole at third base, but this comment from Hendriks sheds some new light on that whole saga.
All that and more in a busy BJN Radio!
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors lineups with Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green, and Evan Mobley

Toronto Raptors lineups with Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green, and Evan Mobley

The Toronto Raptors will likely end up with one of three options in the 2021 NBA Draft after they earned the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. In all likelihood, one of either G League standout Jalen Green, Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs, or USC big man Evan Mobley will end up north […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Pros and Cons of moving the first round pick

Toronto Raptors: Pros and Cons of moving the first round pick

After vaulting up three spots in the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery, the Toronto Raptors have officially secured themselves the fourth-overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. With tons of talent on the board this year, this could not have come at a better time for the Raptors. With several areas in need of improvement on […]
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Author: Matthew Eichhorn / Raptors HQ

Astros vs Blue Jays 06/04/21 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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Two of the top three offenses in baseball are squaring off and both carry notable OVER trends, but some strong starting pitching could invoke the law of averages. The Toronto Blue Jays are -125 home favorites and the Houston Astros are +105 underdogs with an 8.5-run total on the MLB odds for Friday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com (how sports betting works).
The Blue Jays are 10-10 in their last 20 games as a home favorite of -110 to -140, with the OVER hitting 12 times at online betting sites. The Astros are 6-14 in their last 20 games as an away underdog, with the OVER hitting 11 times. The total has gone OVER in both seven of Toronto’s last 10 home games and in 10 of Houston’s last 12 games.
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The Astros, who have a 31-25 record, have MLB’s third-best run production at 5.21 per game and their .756 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) ranks second. Veteran outfielder Michael Brantley (hamstring) could come off the injured list as early as Friday. Houston’s pitching staff ranks 11th in earned-run average at 3.81. Their bullpen has had issues, as their relievers’ 4.45 ERA ranks 20th.
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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Playoff Preview: While it’s unlikely the Leafs will face the Jets, they might be the toughest North Division competition for Toronto

When we set out to do our playoff previews and look at the three other North Division playoff bound teams, the Jets were the interesting wild card in this. They were either going to continue to slide in the standings to the point where they would be facing the Leafs, or they would barely cling to the 3rd spot in the division and end up facing the Oilers and could fall victim to the Connor McDavid show, making this preview as useless as an air traffic controller in Winnipeg.
Still for the sake of thoroughness and recognizing that eventually Mike Smith will come back down to Earth and hard, it seems worthwhile looking at the Winnipeg Jets, a team I was crazy enough to pick to get past the Oilers despite things like this…

Prediction: Oilers in 5 over Jets pic.twitter.com/mni0MggjQ3
— MoneyPuck.com (@MoneyPuckdotcom) May 12, 2021

So that is an uphill battle. That doesn’t mean the Jets can’t pull it off, but they are the first test to see if Connor McDavid will continue scoring at a 1980s pace or whether having a Vezina caliber goaltender is enough to make up for the complete lack of …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

My friends, Jack Campbell is an NHL starter

With three games remaining in the regular season, there’s still a large amount of discourse among the Toronto Maple Leafs fanbase and prominent members of the media regarding which goaltender should get the nod in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs although, to me, the correct choice is as clear as day.
Even if Frederik Andersen is fully cleared of injury and has a successful conditioning stint in the AHL with eth Marlies, Jack Campbell is the starter until his performance dictates a need to change the goaltender. And I’m not talking about a single loss, I mean a full-scale disastrous blowout loss.
This has been a historic season for Jack Campbell. His save percentage is currently sitting at a sparkling .924, his 16-2-2 record is a Maple Leafs franchise record for most wins through a goaltender’s first 20 games. And let’s not forget that just a few weeks ago he achieved the NHL record for longest win streak to start a season with 11. The only real criticisms his detractors are still throwing out are these outdated notions that he’s a “career backup” or “he has no playoff experience so you should go with the guy …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors draft: Canadian players Raptors may target in 2021

Toronto Raptors draft: Canadian players Raptors may target in 2021

The Toronto Raptors own three picks for the 2021 NBA Draft. They may wish to consider using one on a Canadian baller that’s turning heads. The draft order won’t be set until the conclusion of the season but it’s never too early for the Raptors scouts to get their rankings in order. This will be […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

Hyun Jin Ryu gets knocked around for the first time this season as the Blue Jays fall in Boston

The losing streak extends to three as the Blue Jays get dropped in Boston by a score of 4-2. Those Sox, they might be pretty good!

Things worth mentioning…

For the first time this season, Hyun Jin Ryu got hit. Heading into tonight’s game, Toronto’s ace had allowed just four earned runs over the course of 19 innings. Tonight, he allowed four in five innings. Ryu was masterful through his first three innings but the Red Sox got to him their second time up to bat. In the fourth inning, Ryu allowed a single, a single, a homer to Xander Bogaerts, a double, and a triple for four runs. He managed to work through a double and a fielding error in the fifth inning and then got pulled. Boston just came off a win in which they put up six innings in the first on Lucas Giolito, so I wouldn’t pin this so much on Ryu pitching poorly, more so on Boston being very hot.
Even despite Ryu’s ho-hum start, the Blue Jays bats, yet again, did virtually nothing. The team scored only two runs, both on solo homers from Bo Bichette and Randal Grichuk. They only …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation